Important Things To Consider When Hiring a Roofer
A new roof is a big decision and a major investment. Sometimes the decision needs to made quickly due to unforeseen circumstances. Hopefully you will have the luxury of being able to research, plan and make the decision carefully. When you need to hire a roofer, whether it is quickly or planned out, there are a few key things to consider.
1 - References
Most contractors will offer the names of only those customers they know were satisfied with their work. Ask for the names of the contractor's last three clients. Ask the contractor to provide references from at least two clients with roofing projects that took place three or more years ago. These clients can give you better idea of the long-term quality of their roofs and what you can expect over time.
2-Does the Contractor Have Insurance?
Roofing contractors should carry insurance to protect their clients from unforeseen events that can occur during the project. Before committing to hire a Contractor ask to see a copy of the insurance and ensure that the policy is still valid and in place.
3-Who Will do the Work?
It is important to make sure that it is clear as to who will actually do the work on the roof. Does the Contractor have a team or do they subcontract? If they subcontract out to another company, ask for their references and proof of insurance for the subcontractors.
4 - Communication is Key
Make sure the roofer that you are considering has good communication skills. You want someone that you can talk to about your project, that will readily answer all your questions and that will keep you informed every step of the way. Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, a finished job you may not be happy with and unwelcome surprises on your final bill.
5 - Guarantee and Warranty
When considering a roofing contractor, ensure that they offer a guarantee on the project. The roofing materials manufacturer will usually include a product warranty but this does not cover the installation. If there is a problem with the installation or materials, you want to have a written guarantee from the roofing contractor that he will be there to take care of the problem.
6 - The Contract
Get a written contract. You need to have everything in writing. This includes the scope of the project, the materials to be used and their specifications, the dates for beginning and completion of the job and an itemized list of cost for all materials and labor.
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